BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- New Westchester Symphony Orchestra presents its fourth annual singalong of Handel's "Messiah" at The Briarcliff Congregational Church in Briarcliff Manor on Sunday from 3-5 p.m.
This singalong features choruses and arias from all three parts of "Messiah," accompanied by a full orchestra of community musicians.
NewWSO is an audition-free, community orchestra based in White Plains. Membership in the orchestra is open to musicians of all ages and abilities. Many musicians have come back to playing their instruments after taking years or decades off.
The annual "Messiah" singalong is an opportunity for members of the community who enjoy singing to share in NewWSO's music-making. Similar to a traditional "Messiah" singalong, audience members sing along to the familiar choruses from Handel's great work. NewWSO's singalong is unique in that choruses from all three parts of "Messiah" will be played, rather than only choruses from part one. Also, audience members will have the opportunity to sing select arias, which are usually reserved for soloists.
Everyone can be a soloist at this event. It is also rare to find a singalong with full orchestra accompaniment. NewWSO has created a new tradition for the holiday season by bringing together instrumentalists and singers in an afternoon of community-created music.
Tickets are only $10, which includes optional vocal score rental. Admission is free for children younger than 8. The event will be two hours long with a short intermission. Visit www.newsymphony.org or call 914-623-8075 for more information.
Briarcliff Congregational Church is at 30 S. State Road.
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